TAKE THE TRAIN and SKI A VOLCANO.
Sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery and friendly service aboard the "Northern Explorer" train. A cafe service is available on board.
The "Northern Explorer" train departs Auckland Strand Railway Station at 7.45am every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday arriving National Park at 1.10pm. The train departs National Park every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 1.15pm arriving Auckland Strand at 6.50pm.
The "Northern Explorer" train departs Wellington Railway Station at 7.55am every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday arriving National Park at 1.10pm. The Train departs National Park 1.15pm every Monday, Thursday, Saturday arriving Wellington 6.25pm.
A shuttle service operates between the National Park Railway Station and Whakapapa Village including Grand Chateau. Cost is included in our packages.
Costs are the same whether you travel from Auckland or Wellington or start in one and end in the other.
An Intercity bus departs Auckland and Wellington for National Park daily at similar times if train days do not suit.
A TOUCH OF SNOW AND THE GRAND CHATEAU 2 Days/1 night (Stay as long as you like)
Day 1. AUCKLAND/WELLINGTON - GRAND CHATEAU
Depart Auckland or Wellington for National Park. Transfer on arrival by shuttle to the Grand Chateau about 20 minutes away. Check in and take the snow shuttle to the Whakakapa skifield base and ride the new fast gondola to the Knoll Ridge cafe, 2,020 metres above sea level). Admire the magnificent scenery over Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngaruhoe, and Mt Tongariro, and the panoramic vistas over Lake Taupo and Taranaki. On a fine day Mt Taranaki can be seen. Check out the ski fields and if you are staying to ski or snowboard kit out with your equipment.ready to hit the slopes tomorrow. Maybe hire a toboggan or take a walk to see Mt Doom from Lord of the Rings (Mt Ngaruhoe in real life!) (If the weather is inclement you can use your sightseeing pass any day)
Day 2. WHAKAPAPA DEPART
Free morning for an alpine hike, play in the snow, and we recokmmend a scenic flight from the nearby airfield for a panoramic view over the mountains including sites from Lord of the Rings. (Flight costs 15 minutes $125, 25 minutes $205, 35 minutes $255)
Your shuttle departs the Grand Chateau at 12.30pm for National Park railway Station.
Arrive Auckland or Wellington this evening.
Tour cost per person:
2 per room $490 .....Extra Nights $130
Single room $590 ..... Extra nights $240
Triple room $460...... Extra nights $100
Tour cost includes:
** Return travel from Auckland or Wellington to National Park railway station by train
** Shuttle from National Park to Grand Chateau and Return
** One night accommodation and buffet breakfast at Grand Chateau standard room
** Shuttle to Whakapapa ski base and return sightseeing chairlift ride to Knoll Ridge cafe.
The Grand Chateau is always heavily booked, especially at weekend and school holidays (13-21 July and 28 September - 13 October). We recommend booking early.
BACKPACKER SPECIAL. Just $390 including return travel by train, shuttle to and from Whakapapa village, 1 night (no meals) at Skotel Backpackers Dormitory, and Knoll Ridge sightseeing chairlift ride
MOUNTAIN OPTIONS - EXTRA EXPENSE
1. PLAY DAY IN THE SNOW Chairlift ride to Knoll Ridge cafe 2,020 metres above sea level for stunning views of the 3 mountains of the central North Island in fine weather - $35. Sled hire $20 per hour.
2. LEARN TO SKI includes lesson, learners lifts in Happy Valley, skis/boots/poles or Snowboard and boots. $199
3. SKI OR SNOWBOARD All mountain lift pass $125. skis/boots/poles or Snowboard $49
4. TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING - guided hike $195
FULL DETAILS OF SKI PACKAGES, EQUIPMENT HIRE, AND LIVE WEBCAM DETAILS OF SNOW CONDITIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON WWW.MTRUAPEHU.COM
Lift and rental package - no lesson $165
Includes all mountain lift pass and rental equipment.
FIRST TIMERS INTRODUCTION TO SNOW 4 DAY PACKAGE. $599
Includes: 4 days lift passes (first day Learners slopes only), Two 1 hour 50 minute lessons per day, ski or snowboard rental
SKI ACCESSORIES PACKAGE
Includes Jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves. (You keep goggles and gloves)
1 day. Adults $99. Youth age 5-17 $932 days. Adults $148. Children age 5-17 $122
3 days. Adults $197. Children age 5-17 $151
4 days. Adults $246. Children age 5-17 $180
5 Days. Adults $295. Children age 5-17 $209
GRAND CHATEAU - WAIRAKEI RESORT - ROTORUA. 7 days/6 nights Departs Auckland every monday, thursday, saturday.
Day 1. 7.45pm. Depart Strand rail station aboard Northern Explorer train to National Park and shuttle to Grand Chateau for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast
Day 2. Free day for your own activities. Ski, enjoy a guided hike on the Tongariro Crossing, or whatever you wish.
Day 3. Free time and transfer to Taupo and Wairakei Resort for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast
Day 4. Free day to enjoy your choice of activities in the Taupo area
Day 5. Travel by Intercity bus to Rotorua for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Distinction Hotel or similar
Day 6. Free day to explore Rotorua. many optional activities available
Day 7. Return to Auckland by Intercity coach. various departures available during the day. Tour ends at Skycity coach terminal.
Tour cost per person:
2 per room $1,590.
3 per room $1,400.
Single room $2,190.
Tour cost includes:
** All travel from Auckland back to Auckland by train and coach
** Transfer to Grand Chateau from National Park, and to Taupo
** 6 nights accommodation and breakfast at 4 star hotels
On mountain and sightseeing costs are not included.